Eddie Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport, officially launched a new boxing club, Brentwood Central ABC at the Brentwood Centre on January 18.
Eddie watched the children train whilst giving them words of encouragement, joined them in a plank challenge and even Facetimed boxer Anthony Joshua so the children could show him their boxing moves.
Florin Nicorici, Founder of Brentwood Central ABC said: “It’s always been my dream to open a boxing club for kids who really need it, ever since I was a child and boxed in Romania. The sport has opened me up to so many opportunities and I hope this club will do the same for young people in the area.
“My aim is to make boxing accessible for everyone no matter their background. I hope it will encourage local teens to stay off the streets and do something productive with their time. I have big dreams and I’m hoping we can lead some of them to great success, and who knows, even the Olympics!”
Brentwood Council leader, Councillor Chris Hossack, added: “It’s not often a council gets a chance to make someone’s dreams come true, so I’m pleased we were able to support Brentwood Central Boxing Club establish themselves in the Brentwood Centre with the help of Everyone Active.
“Florin is dedicated to making boxing accessible for all and has high hopes that one of the club’s young people will represent England in the sport in the future. Thanks to Eddie Hearn for taking the time to not only open the club but encourage the children whilst they were training – I’m sure it’s a day they will never forget”.
Shaun Beagle, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said: “Here at Everyone Active, we are passionate about engaging people from all ages and backgrounds in physical activity and strive to provide fair and equal opportunities to all, so we’re proud to work in partnership with the boxing club to enable them to offer sessions at an affordable price.
“These classes are great for those who are looking to get serious about boxing and have hopes to compete, or for those who are just looking for a new hobby and want a bit of fun whilst keeping active.”
The Brentwood Centre has been managed by Everyone Active on behalf of Brentwood Borough Council since last year. For more information on the sports and activities available please visit www.everyoneactive.com
Those interested in signing up for classes at Brentwood Central Boxing Club can email them at [email protected]